Most of us have had days when we just did not care for our jobs. However, when you have more days than less with that feeling, did you know it might actually be affecting your health?
A recent article on OrganicLife.com explored several studies that look at the impacts of staying in a job you hate, and it may just be enough to make you consider picking up that job search again.
Effects On Mental Health
One study from Ohio State University found that people who had low or declining job satisfaction in their 20s and 30s were more likely to be diagnosed with emotional problems later in life. This could include:
- Sleep Problems
These emotional problems, when extended over long periods of time, can lead to more serious health problems.
Effects On Physical Health
The Ohio State study, along with another one, found that low job satisfaction also has an effect on physical health. This could include:
- Low white blood cell count – which makes you more susceptible to infections
- Back pain
- Heart disease
- Heightened allergies
What Are You To Do?
Remember, the job you have is an option, and in most cases, you have the choice to stay or go. If you are dissatisfied with your job, there are several steps I would recommend taking to determine how to reduce the impact on your health.
Step 1: Reflect On What Is Causing The Dissatisfaction
Any number of things could cause your job dissatisfaction. The common ones and easiest to fix are dissatisfaction with the environment and dissatisfaction with the career or job itself. Taking the time to reflect on what is causing the problem will ensure you make the right changes to correct the problem, rather than just taking it with you.
Step 2: Determine What You Need To Change
Once you know what is causing the dissatisfaction, you can determine what changes you need to make. For instance, your job dissatisfaction may be caused by:
- The actual tasks of your work.
- An employer or boss you cannot get along with.
- A toxic or political work environment.
- The hours or pay for your work.
- The requirements for continued education.
Step 3: Make The Plan For Implementing The Change
Once you understand what you need to change, you can make the plan for how to make those changes. Keep in mind a change like this may not be something you undertake overnight. Rather, you may need seek additional education, acquire capital, or develop a new skill set.
Regardless, making a plan for how you will make this transition will help reduce the stress and ensure that your satisfaction with your next endeavor is much higher.
We went through this kind of transition about a year ago. Not realizing how much I was dissatisfied with my previous job until my health gave me a wakeup call. What we found out is that there are many more options out there than we previously thought, and ones that have increased my own personal satisfaction. Now, I love being able to help guide people toward a better future.
Do you want to explore some options? Book a free 20-minute call with me through the form below and let’s see what your future may hold!